About Aleese

Aleese always knew the world was rife with magic.

Origin story

Aleese grew up straddling Houston suburbs and a ranch in the Texan hill country, where she scribbled about mermaids who splashed in spring-fed, limestone pools. After winning several national writing awards in her teens, Aleese was invited to a creative writing camp where a mentoring professor from Sarah Lawrence told her that rather than pursuing an MFA, she would find more benefit in “gaining experiences worth writing about.” 

So, three months after turning eighteen, Aleese moved from Texas to Tokyo for college. After a short stint modeling, an internship at the Embassy of Afghanistan, and travel to over twenty-five countries, she taught at the oldest girl’s school in Japan.

Seven years later, Aleese relocated from Asia to Bristol, England for a Master’s degree. There, she discovered she liked the fog and the rain, and didn’t want to leave. When visa issues forced her to repatriate, she found an unexpected silver lining: she met the man of her dreams–who promptly whisked her away to Hawaii and Colorado.

It was during this time that Aleese buckled down and returned to her writing craft with fervor. She became a member of two writing groups: M.U.G. and Aloha Pens. She was awarded spots at multiple conferences and workshops, including Tin House, the Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Workshop, the Pacific Coast Children’s  Writers Workshop, and the Andrea Brown Big Sur Conference. She also began multiple novel projects, inspired by the liminal spaces that she had uncovered (and imagined) in her various homes across the world.

She is adjusting to being land-locked in the mountains by spending copious time in nature, reading, cooking wafū dishes, and petting her two Hawaiian kittens, Coco and Nuts. She swears she will learn Mandarin soon so she can speak to her in-laws in their first language, but there are only so many hours in the day (and she has not yet discovered how to apply time-lending magic to her home-brewed kombucha).

 

Bio

Aleese Lin is a Denver-based YA fantasy writer. Having lived for a decade in Japan, the U.K., and Hawaii, her stories explore wild places, new ideas, and belonging. She enjoys any activity that whisks her into nature, but if she has to be inside, she’s either writing, drawing, or cooking wafū dishes with her husband and cats.

The Writing

Aleese has completed a contemporary YA fantasy novel (The Undrowning of Waverly Grey) and is preparing it for query. She is actively writing a second contemporary fantasy project (Gold In Their Eyes).

In her writing, Aleese turns thematically to broken places and broken people—as well as the monsters that have broken them—and seeks out redemption and overcoming, and the softness of a magic that shimmers into nothing when you try to pen it down. Writing is a search for adventure, and a place to encounter the sometimes toxic, sometimes worthy, impacts of love. She also seeks to uncover the truth about identity and belonging, and the hold that places and people can have over the soul.

 

The Writing

Aleese has completed a contemporary YA fantasy novel (The Undrowning of Waverly Grey) and is preparing it for query. She is actively writing a second contemporary fantasy project (Gold In Their Eyes).

In her writing, Aleese turns thematically to broken places and broken people—as well as the monsters that have broken them—and seeks out redemption and overcoming, and the softness of a magic that shimmers into nothing when you try to pen it down. Writing is a search for adventure, and a place to encounter the sometimes toxic, sometimes worthy, impacts of love. She also seeks to uncover the truth about identity and belonging, and the hold that places and people can have over the soul.

She still believes the world is full of magic. Sometimes, it’s just hiding.

Awards & Honors

Publications

Publications

“Bug Catching” – ICU ECWC (University literary magazine), 2009.

Awards & Workshops

TIN HOUSE YA WORKSHOP 2022 (Upcoming)
HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP 2021
PACIFIC COAST CHILDREN’s WRITERS WORKSHOP 2021
ABLA BIG SUR WEST CONFERENCE 2021

LARRY MCMURTRY YOUNG WRITER’S SCHOLARSHIP 2004
NATIONAL PROMISING YOUNG WRITER (NCTE) 2003
HOUSTON CHRONICLE SHORT STORY FINALIST 2003
SCHOLASTIC GOLD KEY – REGIONAL 2003

“Bug-catching”
ICU ECWC (University Literary Magazine)
2009

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